Summary: Our true ability to make an impact on the world boils down to leadership
Leading Like Jesus Part 2
Leadership is the art to of influencing and directing people in such a way that will win their obedience, confidence, respect and loyal cooperation in achieving common objectives. U. S. Air Force
If we are going to make an impact on those around us, we need to influence them for Christ. Every person is a leader in some way, we all have influence with others in some manner.
This message was birthed out of several sources
The Top Ten Leadership Principles of Jesus by John Maxwell
The Management Methods of Jesus by Bob Briner
The Leadership Secrets of Jesus by Mike Murdock
Jesus CEO by Laurie Beth Jones
Leadership begins with Service
The greatest among you will be your servant. Matthew 23:11
There is no way to lead like Jesus without the willingness to serve.
Prioritize your life around your purpose
You must discover your God given purpose, set your priorities around that purpose and then pursue them
Leadership starts through living
Jesus understood that character and integrity are at the heart of being a great leader. Character is not built in a day but is created by our daily decisions.
Go Where the People Are
Before you can lead people you must first be with people. The church is centered on relationships; our relationship with Christ and our relationships with one another.
Take Care of Yourself
Life is demanding and it will sap your strength, if you allow it. Faith exits when fatigue enters. Jesus understood the need to take of ourselves. No one had a more demanding task than Jesus. He was a people person, preaching, teaching and healing.
Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, "Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest." Mark 6:31
We can either enter into the quiet or live in the chaos
1.) Rest – physical needs
2.) Reflection – Apply what you have learned
3.) Remember – Look at what God has done
4.) Refreshment – spiritual needs
5.) Refit – Take something new back to the journey
Challenge People for a Great Commitment
Jesus asked the disciples for great commitment when He said follow me. Commitment seems to be at an all time low in our society.
50% of all new marriages will end in divorce
People claim to have fewer close friendships than the previous generation
Membership to organizations and clubs is falling
The number of people who commit to come to events and don’t show up are climbing
Jesus challenged the disciples for great commitment but made it clear what they were committing to. Jesus never coerced or distorted the truth of their future.
Three Warnings Jesus gave the disciples
1.) Persecution (Matthew 10:17)
2.) Suffering (Matthew 24:9)
3.) Loneliness (Matthew 8:20)
Show Stability during Tough Times
How did Jesus remain stable when everything around Him crumbled?
Jesus guarded His time alone with God (Mark 1:35)
Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.
Jesus was the master of His time and He made it a priority to spend time alone with God
Jesus remained calm
Jesus never lost His composure in any situation. The world was chaotic around Him but He remained calm and collected.
When the storm raged on the Sea of Galilee, His disciples had to wake Him from a peaceful sleep before He arose to calm the waters. When various people rushed to Him with dire news of sickness or death, His comments were always calming and reassuring and His actions deliberate and helpful. Even in the midst of the most tumultuous hours of His life, during the events leading up to His crucifixion, while others fell apart emotionally. Jesus remained calm – Bob Briner
Jesus settled disagreements quickly
Jesus never compromised who He was or what he came to do. There may be a time to agree to disagree.
Jesus dealt with wrongdoing immediately
Jesus saw the problem, took care of it immediately and moved forward.
When He observed the activities of these extortionists and usurers in God’s house, He didn’t call for a committee meeting. He didn’t put the problem on the agenda for the next board meeting. He didn’t call in the spin doctors to discuss how best to handle the situation. He immediately and forcefully drove the slimeballs out. Bob Briner
Jesus finished what he started
Your exit will be remembered longer than your entrance
Lead on a Higher Level
Jesus lived on a higher level
Jesus You might say it was easy for Him. He was God. Jesus had an incredibly difficult background. Mary was pregnant with Jesus before she married Joseph. Jesus would have been branded with social stigma. Never build your future around your past.